Grateful Dead Live at Long Beach Arena on 1981-08-27
- Live concert
- Grateful Dead
- DeadLists Project
FOB (unknown mics)> Master Cassette> DAT> CDR; processed with DC ART Millenium software; DAE(EAC) and SHN Encoding by Jeff M.
- 2004-04-26 11:47:04
- FOB (unknown mics)> Master Cassette> DAT> CDR
- Long Beach, CA
- Audience Recording
- Long Beach Arena
Subject: excellent jamming show
Subject: bread crumb
When the remembered it in the middle of 1981, they played it pretty frequently for the rest of that year, but after that it was a relatively rare occurance.
Subject: Good Show
Subject: I think it mostly sounds great
Subject: Good Show!
Subject: Rustic art
And whether it was your first show, or your wife's first show is really not relevant to either the quality of the recording OR the performance.
Let's get a clear version for the historical record, please.
Subject: FIRST CUMBERLAND SINCE 10/18/74!!! OH AND SET II IS OK :P
Ahhhhh Cumberland, yea, watch out, its swingin time. Bop bop bop bopbop Kwooooo!@! I GOTTA GET DOWN! One of my favorites. If I was constructing a dream setlist this would definitely be in the first set. I don't know if I love Jerry's part vocally, Lotta poor man... or the G-B-C run right after it more, but together they rock my house to the ground on a regular basis. Nothing mind-blowing about the Cumberland years later, except that the tune always kicks ass, almost every single time it was played. Is this the best, no, but it was the FIRST TIME IN ALMOST 7 YEARS THEY PLAYED IT!!!When a song is played 150 (give or take) times in under 5 years and then gets shelved for the next 7, well, therein lies the definition of bust out. Can you imagine being in this crowd, every head in the place must have said, "wow, this is a real funky sounding big river... huh?!?"-last time-played 10/18/74(394 shows).
81 is my favorite year for L.L. Rain. Jerry's metallic mu-tron solos do the song the most justice imo. Not to mention Brent couples it well. This one is nothing special though. Mighty Swell, well I love this song, and it always works the best when the vocals are together, especially Jer and Bob. It is done well here. Nice nice Sampson here and then...
Kablooey- Scarlet-kick ass>Fire-kick ass, E. Prophet-kick ass>Eyes-here is my brain, it's of no use to me now.
The drums>space seems cut out for the most part. 4 minutes of space. Oh well.
The NFA is short but real nice. There is a split second in there where the music transplants itself to the mid 70s and the possibilities seem endless. It really does!! I get the feeling that someone in the band pulled the troops back in line on this. Obviously without a video there is no way to verify anything like that but the cut off in the music is very suspect to me. The Black Peter is huge. Jerry really belts it out. The Good Lovin is piggish & awesome, much shorter than a pig one but really fun. The Don't Ease cuts into white noise, ouch TURN IT DOWN TURN IT DOWN, SERIOUSLY!
The reason I reviewed this show, well its 8/27 and I figured anyone else reviewing might be doing another show from this date and b/c this is a pretty kick ass AUD. The vocals are a little choppy depending on what sort of system you have and what levels you use with it
This show is worth having for the Cumberland significance alone, add to that the tremendous per drums set II and it's a keeper.
Show: 7/10 + bonus point for Cumberland bust out
Subject: On the bus
I didn't quite "get" my first show at LB 12/13/80, but during the eight months that followed I started slowly collecting GD records and by this show I was ready. The day before this show, on 8/26, "Dead Set" came out in record stores. Dead Set seems pretty lackluster now, compared to the 100s of great boots I've listened to over the years, but at the time I was mesmerized by the music, the artwork on that album, the strange world I was about to enter for a good decade.
I remember Alabama roaring out gate, blowing me away, and the show getting better and better from there. Wow, this crowd never sits down, never stops dancing, the entire show! It seems so normal now... Bird Song has a stellar jam. Passenger rocks, and Cumberland was a joy (even though I had no idea what a "breakout" was at the time!). Fire is indeed on Fire.
The recording is wonderfully clear. Too bad about Don't Ease being cut off, I recommend editing the song and trimming out the noise.
Subject: Bird Song
Subject: A Fire For the Ages
Firstly Garcia is playing beautifully throughout but achieves liftoff during a majestic Fire on the Mountain. Wow! The play out of this one has some unique moments. The Scarlet is mighty fine too. Esto is all right but the post song jam lacks the ooomph and exloration I dig. The Eyes is played at my least favourite tempo for the song (breakneck) but the playout into drums is sensational. Garcia superb sense of rythym shines throughout.
The return of the mighty Cumberland is somewhat tentative but nice to hear. Garcia forgoes the first solo for the second verse which disappoints but makes up for it later. A mere few days later at Compton Terrace they will burn the venue down with an incendiary version (a must have for any Cumberland lover).
Subject: Cindy's 1st show!!
Subject: First-Timer Also - Will Never Forget
Anyway, my dad dropped me off and picked me up and all i can say is that this was musically and emotionally THE most life-changing concert ever for me. There are lots of little special memories i have from it, which i will spare here. One thing i remember was that the crowd energy was almost supernaturally powerful. There was a group of about 5 to 10 people in the front row who were over the top....it was great!
As far as reviewing the sound quality, i won't really attempt it, not being an expert other than to say that the i've downloaded the *.shn's, burned to audio and i get the most rewarding quality on earphones from my PC. On the DVD player it's not terrific....vocals somewhat muddy, but it doesn't suck.
For me it's an ideal setlist, and for me this is THE concert i will never forget and am totally jazzed that i once again can hear it! Hat's off to all who contributed this and to archive.org. 5 very biased stars.
Subject: my first dead show
Subject: Very Kind!
Subject: My 1st Dead Show
Subject: I may have assisted in this recording ?
If it really was this one, we had 4 microphones. AKG's & ? on a high pole FOB into a mixer into a D5M. I do remember that for sure !
Like I've wrote concerning numerous other shows here of late; my tapes have been in storage, so I have heard them in a while. But I used to listen to this on a revolving basis, like the rest. As I've also stated elsewhere, in general the shows in Long Beach were usually pretty darn good, with the earlier years being the best !
I've always been partial to the previous year's virtual identical second set, with, (yes I know there are many others, and you'll rightly have your personal favorites), a Scalet>Fire in '80, overlooking a lyric flub, that remains everytime I listen to it, a total mind blower. The '80 first set's To Lay Me Down is also outstanding. Furthermore since the day after this one is so phenomenol, this isn't quite that good. Nevertheless this is still up to par and sure beats the later years in Long Beach. I always liked the first set.
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